The work we did developing our creative statement was actually pretty rewarding for me: thinking about my childhood and the sort of stuff I was into in a big way- it was really world-building, constructing dioramas, tree-houses, battle-fields, exploration, entomology, taxidermy, making my own armour and weird medieval shoes....kind of no wonder really that I have ended up digging around in film!
Define your values
Identify a time when you were most happy, what and how:
Making tree houses when I was a kid, climbing the trees, working with the different branches and materials, coming up with something that fitted the tree got me the best vantage point and most comfortable. Working with friends to build something…..also on a similar note: we had this vacant block up the road from where I lived and every afternoon I would a big bunch of my friends and we had pitched battles in the long grass. We would dig fortifications, holes under the ground and tunnels. We would divide up into different groups and fight each other with clay that we would dig up. It was actually pretty dangerous looking back, part of the thrill and excitement.
When were you most proud, and who and what factors:
While at ANU school of music I worked really hard at my cello playing, 6 or 7 hours a day for a good 12 months, start at 7am attend classes and then work into the night. I was working towards an audition for the Australian Youth Orchestra. Ended up blitzing the audition and was selected as principal cello, toured Europe attended various academies. It seemed to be my purpose in life and I felt really good about it. Growing up in a really strong classical music background this was really everything and more then I could have imagined in terms of success at this stage. Looking back I seem like such a different person now.
Identify times you were most fulfilled and satisfied, what need or desire was fulfilled and how and why did the experience give your life meaning.
I’m currently working on an art project with a composer , one of Australia’s best (in my opinion!) this has been a close collaboration over many years that has involved around 40 hours of recording with my string quartet over about 5 years. We are now working with Glenn Murkutt the architect to bring the installation into its final stages of construction. Being part of this passionate and expert team of people, throwing ideas around, exploring something that is really quite a crazy concept with a really epic scale is very fulfilling .
This blog is my process journal for my Master's course at AFTRS